FLINT WATER CRISIS: More than 30,000 homes given water resources


FLINT, MI (WLNS) – While efforts to help fix the Flint water crisis are underway at the federal level, at the state and local level, water response teams made up of city, county, and state personnel, along with the American Red Cross, and National Guard Soldiers, continue to distribute water resources to cities and streets.

State and local officials from dozens of different agencies have coordinated efforts to make sure every Flint resident is given free bottled water, water testing kits, and filters.

State officials estimated there to be more than 33,000 households in Flint.

To date, since Jan. 21, 2016, more than 30,000 of them were either visited by a water response team or a resident visited a water response site to pick up supplies.

And the efforts continue, to ensure everyone is accounted for.

“We start at 7:30 in the morning, we have our first meeting and 7 o’clock at night we start to wrap up the day,” Todd James, Public Affairs Manager for the American Red Cross said.

Since the first week of January, thousands of volunteers, including more than 100 from the American Red Cross, have made it their mission to deliver free water resources to every neighborhood in Flint.

“Our teams have been helping out at the fixed distribution sites at the fire departments here in Flint, but we’re also out with our emergency response vehicles on the mobile route, so we’re out in the neighborhoods along with other groups going door to door,” James said.

Through the course of a couple weeks, during 12-hour days, James said volunteers at the Red Cross have made a lot of progress.

“We’ve delivered about 20,000 cases of bottled water so far,” he said. “We’ve been to about 10,700 homes, along with that, we’ve also delivered about 10,000, actually more than 10,000 test kits, and about 13,000 water filters.”

Every day their efforts are updated on the state’s government website.

To date, as of Jan. 21, 2016, more than 105,091 cases of water have been distributed to households in Flint by water response teams.

In addition to that, more than 79,571 water filters, and more than 21,625 water testing kits.

But, there’s still more work to be done, in the coming days, water response teams will continue their door to door efforts.

“We’ve had a lot of folks that are standing by to come up and relieve some of the folks that have been here for a while and step in and keep everything going,” James said.

The American Red Cross is not able to take in any material donations at this time, however if you would like to volunteer in these efforts, or donate water or money, click here.

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